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Antiquities min. studies opening Qubbet el-Hawa for visits - Egypt Today


https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/4/82082/Antiquities-min-studies-opening-Qubbet-el-Hawa-for-visits
Amenhotep cemetery - ET Amenhotep cemetery - ET

Antiquities min. studies opening Qubbet el-Hawa for visits

Thu, Feb. 27, 2020

CAIRO - 27 February 2020: One of the most important tourist attractions in Aswan is Jebel Abul Hawa area on the west bank of the Nile. The height of that mountain is about 130 meters.

The mountain includes carved graves of the nobles and priests of Aswan throughout different eras. It contains 85 cemeteries along with 10 recently discovered cemeteries.

The Ministry of Antiquities is studying the possibility of opening the area for visits.

In the following lines, ET presents a description of two of the newly discovered cemeteries in the area.

Wasr Cemetery
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Wasr Cemetary - ET

In front of the cemetery there is an external patio. The façade of the tomb has no inscriptions except on a small threshold above the door that depicts hieroglyphic inscriptions and remains of colors.
The lower part of the lintel is destroyed and below it is the door to the cemetery. Below the door there is sandstone used to close the cemetery.
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Wasr Cemetery - ET

In front of the cemetery, there is a small terrace made of stones and mud bricks on both sides of the entrance door. The entrance leads to a transverse hall. On the north and northeastern walls of the hall, there are drawings of great beauty and vivid colors indicating the importance of the owner of the cemetery. Although the inscriptions and drawings are incomplete, they clearly illustrate what art has reached in the era of the modern state.

Amenhotep Cemetery

It is considered one of the largest tombs in the area, as the façade of the tomb is approximately 12 meters. It has very impressive and beautiful inscriptions depicting Amenhotep's title and duties.
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Amenhotep Cemetery - ET

To the north, there is a brick wall. Above the tomb is another tomb "E" whose owner is unknown. The entrance to the cemetery is rectangular, about 2 meters in length and approximately 175 cm in wide. It contains hieroglyphic inscriptions that are very impressive and beautiful, indicating the accuracy and skill of the ancient Egyptian artist.

The entrance or passage of the cemetery leads to a door that leads to the remaining part of the cemetery.


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